Conventional wisdom says a nominee tacks to the center, but Romney appears still to be campaigning for the Tea Party nomination as well as that of the GOP. MSNBC:
Romney went into a level of detail not usually seen by the public in the speech, which was overheard by reporters on a sidewalk below. One possibility floated by Romney included the elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Cabinet-level agency once led by Romney’s father, George.
“I’m going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them. Some eliminate, but I’m probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go,” Romney said. “Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later. But I’m not going to actually go through these one by one. What I can tell you is, we’ve got far too many bureaucrats. I will send a lot of what happens in Washington back to the states.”
Meanwhile, Ann Romney intimated that the recent controversy over whether she is or is not “working” was driven by cynicism:
“It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and that was really a defining moment, and I loved it,” Mrs. Romney said.
And on the blogosphere:
“We are behind when it comes to commentators on TV. They tend to be liberal,” Romney said. “Where we are ahead or even is on twitter and on the Internet.”
The Etch-a-Sketches speak.